Man charged with Manslaughter and Distribution of Marijuana

Detective Mike Fowlkes with the Cherokee County Sheriff's office has charged J.H. Lawter Jr., age 37, of 137 Padgett Drive, Gaffney with Manslaughter and Distribution of Marijuana.

Lawter is charged with distributing Marijuana to Melinda Ramirez and is charged with Manslaughter in her death that occurred on October 21, 2006 at 137 Padgett Drive.

Lawter is accused of acting with reckless disregard for the safety of others by presenting and handling a loaded firearm in a negligent manner causing the victim's death as a result of a gunshot wound.

Lawter is being held in the Cherokee County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing.